Lions, Tigers, and Bears: Why Are Big Predators So Rare?by Ron Hirschi, Thomas Mangelsen (Photographer)
A realistic—and hopeful—look at earth's great predators, and the challenges they face. Large, fierce, and often dangerous predators might seem the best survivors, so why are they among the most threatened by human activity? They have superior strenght, great speed, and high levels of intelligence. If they are so well equipped, why are the among the
A realistic—and hopeful—look at earth's great predators, and the challenges they face. Large, fierce, and often dangerous predators might seem the best survivors, so why are they among the most threatened by human activity? They have superior strenght, great speed, and high levels of intelligence. If they are so well equipped, why are the among the rarest of animals? To answer these questions, Ron Hirschi and Thomas Mangelsen introduce young readers to some of the earth's most spectacular predators: cougar, polar bear, lion, cheetah, tiger, grizzly bear, and killer whale. With lively and informative text, accompanied by breathtaking photographs, Lions, Tigers, and Bears examines the animals in the past and present, and speculates on their future.
Cougars, polar bears, lions, cheetahs, tigers, grizzly bears, and killer whales are nature's threatened giants. Each one gets its due in this important book. Hirschi's approach is gentle and engaging, but the urgency of his message is not lost-these animals need human help. Most are threatened by loss of their habitats. Indeed, more tigers now live in captivity than in their natural world. The text is clear and easy to follow, and the problems are balanced with hope. The prime minister of India is encouraging greater protection for tigers. Recent findings indicate that killer whales have learned to share food with one another. A bit about each animal's lifestyle is also included. Mangelsen's crisp color photographs are beautifully composed and heart-grabbing. There are close-ups of lions and bears, and action shots. A cheetah chases its prey. A killer whale leaps out of the sea. Finally, Hirschi offers a page on how to help these large beasts; readers are directed to Web sites for each animal. This book about a timely topic is a first purchase.
Anne Chapman CallaghanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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- 10.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
- Age Range:
- 7 - 9 Years
Meet the Author
Ron Hirschi is the author of more than fifty books for young readers, including When Night Comes and When Morning Comes, both of which feature photographs by Tom Mangelsen. Hirschi and his wife live on a small island within the shadow of the Olympic Mountaings of Washington State.
Thomas D. Mangelson has dedicated his career to the appreciation and protection of the world's wildlife. His photos have been published in numerous nature magazines, including Audubon and National Geographic. He lives in Jackson, Wyoming.
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